Covid Test Now Mandatory for Patients with Respiratory Diseases in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Jan 5, 2024: Dinesh Gundu Rao, Karnataka’s Health Minister, said on Friday that he has directed health officials to make the Covid test mandatory for those suffering from Influenza Like Illness (ILI) or Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI).

A Covid helpline will also be activated tomorrow, the minister said.

“More than 7,000 tests are being done every day and the COVID Positivity Rate is 3.82 per cent. The positivity rate in the state has not come down yet,” the minister said in a statement after a meeting with health department officials here.

Stating that neighbouring Kerala has started seeing a downward trend in Covid cases, he said he has asked officials to keep a close watch on those who are Covid positive.

Rao said he has asked officials to compulsorily carry out Covid test among those adults showing symptoms of ILI and SARI.

Earlier only one in 20 of these cases were subjected to Covid testing but henceforth private and government hospitals have been instructed to conduct the test on all ILI/SARI patients.

“Those with symptoms are being monitored and tested. Those who are in isolation at home have been told to take extra care. It is expected that the trend of decreasing Covid cases may start next week in Karnataka. Technical Advisory Committee met yesterday (Thursday) and gave some guidance. I have instructed the authorities to adopt them (the guidelines),” Rao said. 

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